Yanik Etan Named Mr. CF 2016

Congratulations to International President Yanik Etan for being named Mr. CF 2016!

Each year, the College of Central Florida (CF) hosts a scholarship program called “Mr. & Mrs. CF.” The event is sponsored by the CF Foundation and the Office of Student Life. Each student club or organization on campus is invited to nominate one male and one female candidate to participate.

Etan represented the Kappa Nu Chapter of Phi Theta Kappa at the event, which was held February 19. He was awarded a $1,000 scholarship and was joined by Danielle White from the African American Student Union as Ms. CF 2016.

The Mr. & Mrs. CF Scholarship Program, now in its 19th year, seeks students who embody the spirit of CF. These students should have exceptional grades and be deeply involved on campus and in the community. Students should also exhibit direction, poise and the ability to relate well to other people.

On the morning of the event, each candidate participated in a panel interview with the four program judges. While some students were flustered, Etan was calm and confident.

“The experience gained from campaigning for International Office, along with my role as an International Officer in Phi Theta Kappa, fully prepared me for this event,” he said. “Now, as I reflect on this experience, I realize how much I’ve grown over the last year as a result of truly embracing membership in Phi Theta Kappa and particularly serving as an International Officer.”

One More Reason to Attend NerdNation 2016

Competitive Edge members — we have one more great reason for you to attend NerdNation 2016: a special event on building your personal brand led by LinkedIn mastermind and career coach Ron Nash.

Nash will lead an exclusive educational forum entitled “How to LinkedIn and Get Yourself Noticed” on Saturday, April 9, from 8:30-9:30 a.m. The event is sponsored by Pearson Higher Education Group.

Ninety-seven percent of human resources professionals and hiring managers use LinkedIn to recruit new talent; and if you’re not on the social networking site, you’re nearly invisible to them, Nash says. In this forum, he’ll show you how the site can get you noticed.

Nash has worked as a human resources business partner for more than 20 years providing talent acquisition and strategies to help organizations attract top talent. He has worked with Fortune 50 to 500 companies, including Microsoft, Belkin Wireless, Samsung, Cardinal Health and LinkedIn.

“We are thrilled to have Ron Nash joining us for this special opportunity for our Competitive Edge members,” said Jennifer Stanford, Phi Theta Kappa’s Chief Student Engagement Officer. “His presentation will be a great complement to the soft skills and personal and professional development Competitive Edge members have gained through their participation in the program.”

This event is only open to Competitive Edge members at any level, whether you’ve reached the Five Star Level or only just begun. For admission, you must have a Competitive Edge ribbon attached to your NerdNation name badge. Ribbons may be claimed at the Foundation Booth.

Nash will sign copies of his latest book, LinkedIn: The Power of Your Profile, at the Pearson Booth in the Marketplace from 10-11 a.m., immediately following his Competitive Edge presentation. The book signing is open to all NerdNation attendees, and books may be purchased in the NerdNation Marketplace.

Learn more about this exclusive event, and get started in Competitive Edge today!

NerdNation 2016 will be held April 7-9 in National Harbor, Maryland. The regular registration rate ends March 14. Register today!

Reminder: Refund Request Forms are due March 14, and Special Needs Forms are due March 23.

Oklahoma Advisor Saves Boy’s Life in Paris

Dr. Julie Flegal-Smallwood, advisor to the Alpha Beta Upsilon Chapter at Redlands Community College in Oklahoma, was honored last week for saving a child’s life in a Paris airport.

According to a news story posted on NewsOK, She was in France for a weekend training session to prepare to lead her students on a study abroad trip. While in the airport, Flegal-Smallwood saw a 5-year-old boy lifeless and not breathing. She administered CPR until he regained consciousness and stayed with him until paramedics and police arrived.

Read the full story here.

Enter Today for a Chance to #GoStudyAbroad

If you’ve ever dreamed of studying abroad, the #GoStudyAbroad Contest, sponsored by Go Overseas and the Institute for International Education (IIE), can help make it possible! Now through March 31, you can enter to win a $10,000 scholarship to fund your international study.

#GoStudyAbroad is part of Generation Study Abroad, an IIE-led initiative to double the number of American students who study abroad by the end of the decade. With 1 in 5 jobs linked to international trade and employers looking for global talent, more U.S. students must study abroad to broaden their perspectives, understand and tolerate different ways of life and succeed in today’s global workforce.

IIE also calls on anyone who studied abroad to pay it forward by nominating U.S. college students to #GoStudyAbroad by the time they graduate. Nominees could win a $10,000 scholarship for study abroad, and nominators are eligible to win travel prizes.

Higher education institutions, study abroad organizations, government agencies and others are encouraged to participate in this nationwide campaign. Please join us in mobilizing study abroad alumni, faculty members and wider campus communities to nominate students to #GoStudyAbroad.

Enter directly to win a scholarship. Or, nominate a student. The contest runs through March 31.

CCID Conference Highlights: You Can Study Abroad

Monika Byrd, Phi Theta Kappa’s Dean of Leadership Development and Service Learning, recently attended the annual conference of the Community Colleges for International Development. Here, she shares some highlights.

Community Colleges for International Development (CCID) held their annual conference February 20-22. CCID is a network of community, technical and vocational institutions from 14 different nations that seeks to create and support globally engaged learning environments (ccidinc.org).

CCID is celebrating 40 years this year, so the conference was a great opportunity to learn more about its history. The international education researchers and practitioners who attended contributed to my knowledge of community college international initiatives, comprehensive internationalization, international community colleges, and the short- and long-term impact of study abroad on student and professional success.

I learned some practical things of interest to Phi Theta Kappa advisors and members too. The U.S. State Department is seeking to dispel the myths that its scholarships and funding in higher education are not for community college students, faculty, administrators and programs. In fact, in addition to the U.S. Department of State, the Departments of Agriculture, Education and Defense all have initiatives for which they seek greater participation from community colleges.

A single website is available to learn more about the opportunities related to study abroad: studyabroad.state.gov. Grant funding is available for things besides study abroad that are relevant to internationalization too, such as the Fulbright Scholar-in-Residence program, which funds the expenses of bringing a foreign lecturer to U.S. colleges.

Representatives of the Institute for International Education, which administers Fulbright programs for the U.S. Department of State, will be at NerdNation 2016, April 7-9 in National Harbor, Maryland, and available to answer questions.

Phi Theta Kappa works to connect its members with various international studies and study abroad opportunities:

Global Entrepreneurship — UCLA
Organizational Leadership — the University of Johannesburg
International Business Human Resources — the University of South Carolina
Contemporary Chinese Culture — Beijing Culture and Language University

  • Phi Theta Kappa members participating in the International Scholar Laureate Program (ISLP) — which allows students to study one of five career fields in four countries: Australia, China, New Zealand and South Africa — may apply for scholarships to help cover the cost of international travel. Applications are due March 11.
  • The Institute of International Education has launched the #GoStudyAbroad Campaign offering $30,000 in scholarships and travel prizes. The campaign is part of Generation Study Abroad, a five-year initiative to double the number of students who study abroad by the end of the decade.
  • The Fulbright U.S. Student Program provides grants for individually designed study/research projects or for English Teaching Assistant Programs. The number of awards and award amounts varies. The application is open March 31-October 11.